(I’ve included some photos from my Flickr stream that I had taken during my time at college)
10 years ago this month, I was starting my freshman year of college. I wish I could go back and experience it all over again. I would probably do it exactly the same. I miss the friendships, the new experiences, the opportunities. I miss the feel of being a student and having the world at my fingertips.
Everything happens for a reason though and I wouldn’t give up the life that I have right now for anything.
What I didn’t like so much was having such a structured learning schedule. I love to learn and to read but my interests aren’t always in line with what is being taught or the classes that I was required to have for my major. Another thing that I didn’t like was the pressure to declare a major. I had no idea what I wanted to do, still don’t (other than write – but I’m far from making that into a career at this point). When I first went to NC State, I felt that I had to basically pull a major out of a hat.
That being said, I applied to NC State (my alma mater) yesterday and was accepted as a Non-Degree Distance Education student. I’ve been debating for a few years now if I should take a few more college courses to keep my mind active, perhaps explore the option of a obtaining a master’s in something, but I haven’t wanted to spend the money. But this year, I decided that if this was something that I wanted to do, I should do it now before I have too many “adult” bills to pay.
So my first class is Social Deviance! I checked out my syllabus today and am looking forward to this course. It’s amazing how the college experience has been impacted by technology in just the few years I’ve been out of school. My freshman year was the year that Facebook was slowly being introduced to the world. That was back when you had to have a school e-mail address to sign up. Distance education courses were available, but the resources weren’t exactly on par with what was available now.
In an effort to cut costs, I have rented my textbook from Amazon (with free two-day shipping, it should be here on Saturday). I don’t believe that was really an option years ago when I was searching for textbooks. But paying $22 to rent a textbook versus $88-100 to buy one (and that is actually lowballing the cost of many of my textbooks) is a much more savvy approach! Now there is the option of having an electronic textbook to view on your Kindle or Nook! Think of how much space a kid could save in their dorm room or book bag by not having 20 different textbooks!
And let’s not forget about Pinterest – chock full of study tips and dorm room decorations. I’m a bit jealous of kids going off to college now. They have so many more options. But then again, I’m sure people of my mom’s generation probably said the same thing when my generation when off to school. 🙂